Summer NAMM 2011: IK Multimedia unveils iRig MIDI, SampleTank for iOS

The iRig MIDI interface and SampleTank for iOS.
The iRig MIDI interface and SampleTank for iOS.

So it turns out that the new products that IK Multimedia has been teasing are for Apple's iOS devices. iRig MIDI is a new MIDI interface in the vein of Line 6's MIDI Mobilizer, while SampleTank for iOS is a mobile version of the company's software sound module.

The iRig MIDI does have a USP in that it's the only interface of its type to feature a Thru port. There are activity lights for the In and Out ports too, while the inclusion of a micro USB port means that you can charge your iOS device from a suitable source while you're MIDI-ed up.

It's also worth noting that the device supports CoreMIDI, so will work with countless apps right out of the box. It'll cost $70/€55.

One of said apps will be SampleTank for iOS - a software sound module designed for live performance. This 4-part multi-timbral software features over 500 acoustic, electric and electronic instruments that are powered by a 1GB sample library. There are 20 insert effects, too.

We're told that iRig MIDI and SampleTank for iOS are likely to be available at some point in August. In the meantime, here are the official specs for the two products - more details are available on the IK Multimedia website


  • Standard Core MIDI interface connects any MIDI hardware device to Core MIDI-compatible apps like SampleTank FREE and GarageBand
  • Directly connect MIDI keyboards, synthesizers, drum machines, drum pads, pedal boards and more using the included 2 x 5.2' (1.6 m) MIDI 5-pin DIN cables
  • 3 MIDI ports: IN/OUT/THRU
  • 2 LEDs for MIDI IN/OUT activity display
  • Micro USB port can charge the iOS device while in use
  • Free apps included*: SampleTank FREE* the powerful sample-based sound module app and iRig MIDI Recorder FREE*

SampleTank for iOS

  • 4-part multi-timbral live sound module
  • 1GB on-board sound library with 500 instruments in 20 categories
  • Huge selection of melodic and rhythmic patterns for accompaniment or groove creation
  • Choose from 20 insert FX with 4 available insert FX per part
  • Master send effect for reverb and delay
  • Easy-to-use, intuitive mobile interface
  • Dedicated performance and editing windows
  • Designed in concert with iRig MIDI interface for iOS devices
  • Free version also available*
Ben Rogerson
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I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.